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Carrizo Badlands Overlook

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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Sweeny Pass Rd. Julian, CA 92036 760-767-5311 Official Website

GPS: 32.8287, -116.1673

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Overview of Carrizo Badlands Overlook

Pad Type dirt

Elevation 1,213 ft / 369 m

Tent Camping Yes

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Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 1/2/2016
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Subaru Outback
46 reviews
“Great, remote spot, but fairly busy and near road”

Reviewed 1/2/2016

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This one almost got 5 stars from me, actually! It's a cute boondocking spot, with an amazing view of the Carrizo Badlands. There's fun and interesting hiking: into Canyon Sin Nombre (which can also be driven through with 4wd) and a slot canyon in there, nearby ancient lava flows, and several more adventures all around. The entire area is very fascinating!

The spots are mostly rather small, immediately off of a dirt road running parallel to the main road. The size isn't an issue for me, but could prove prohibitive with some rigs. However, you hear and see all traffic on the main road, and several people drive through the dirt road to take in the view throughout most days. This also hasn't bothered me significantly at all while staying, but is worth knowing before choosing this spot.

This actually tends to be one of the warmer areas during the winter of San Diego county--this being on the eastern edge of that county. However, the wind can get very heavy throughout, especially this fall and winter.

This is part of Anza Borrego Desert State Park, which allows 1 month in a year in spots like this. It is more than tempting to use all of that given time! I have not wanted to leave!

Verizon LTE signal is constant, reliable, and fast enough for video conferencing and movie streaming (I specifically only stream in low quality with the latter, however).

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Verizon 4G/LTE

SubaruVagabond would stay here again

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